María Luisa Peleato

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The structural organization of the mitochondrial respiratory complexes as four big independently moving entities connected by the mobile carriers CoQ and cytochrome c has been challenged recently. Blue native gel electrophoresis reveals the presence of high-molecular-weight bands containing several respiratory complexes and suggesting an in vivo assembly(More)
The Fur (ferric uptake regulator) protein is a global regulator in most prokaryotes that controls a large number of genes. Fur is a classical repressor that uses ferrous iron as co-repressor and binds to specific DNA sequences (iron boxes) as a dimer. Three different genes coding for Fur homologues have been identified in Anabaena sp. PCC 7120. FurA(More)
Apoptosis-inducing factor (AIF) is a mitochondrial flavoprotein, which translocates to the nucleus during apoptosis and causes chromatin condensation and large scale DNA fragmentation. Here we report the biochemical characterization of AIF's redox activity. Natural AIF purified from mitochondria and recombinant AIF purified from bacteria (AIFDelta1-120)(More)
Microcystins are toxins produced by cyanobacteria that entail serious health and environmental problems. They are cyclic heptapeptides synthesized via a mixed polyketide synthase/non-ribosomal peptide synthetase system called microcystin synthetase. Environmental and nutritional factors that trigger microcystin synthesis are still debated and this work(More)
DNA sequence analysis of the Anabaena sp. PCC7120 genome confirmed the presence of three open reading frames (all1691, all2473 and alr0957) containing the histidine-rich region characteristic of the Fur family. The genes coding for the three Fur proteins were cloned and overexpressed in Escherichia coli. The overexpression products, called FurA, FurB and(More)
Ferric uptake regulation (Fur) proteins are prokaryotic transcriptional regulators that integrate iron metabolism with several environmental stress responses. The regulatory network that governs Fur proteins is rather complex. Control at several stages from gene transcription to post-translational binding of different ligands has been reported in Fur from(More)
Promoter regions of the mcy operon from Microcystis aeruginosa PCC7806, which is responsible for microcystin synthesis in this organism, exhibit sequences that are similar to the sequences recognized by Fur (ferric uptake regulator). This DNA-binding protein is a sensor of iron availability and oxidative stress. In the presence of Fe(2+), a dimer of Fur(More)
The occurrence of free-living amoebae (FLA) was investigated in 83 water samples from reservoirs and water treatment plants, with culture positive in 64 of them (77.1%). Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) of partial 18S rRNA gene and ITS region was performed in order to identify amoeba isolates, and the presence of Legionella pneumophila , Mycobacterium spp.,(More)
Ferric uptake regulator (Fur) proteins are widely recognized as repressors that in many prokaryotes regulate a large number of genes involved in iron homeostasis and oxidative stress response. In our study, we were able to identify the complete sequence of the fur gene from Microcystis aeruginosa using inverse-polymerase chain reaction. DNA sequence(More)
Root tips of Fe-deficient and Fe-sufficient sugar beet plants grown in hydroponics have been used to study the changes in the amount and activity of the cytosolic enzyme phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase (PEPC, EC Phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase activity in extracts of the yellow Fe-deficient root tips was, at pH 7.3, 30-fold higher (when expressed(More)